Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has said that Health Minister James Reilly has major questions to answer about his role and that of his appointee as Chair of the West/North West Hospitals Group. Deputy Ó Caoláin said:
"A report by the private consultancy firm D&F Health Partnership Ltd. has recommended major cuts to maternity services in the West and North West.
“It has emerged, as highlighted by my colleague Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh in the Seanad today, that the Chair of the West/North West Hospitals Group, Noel Daly, who was appointed by Health Minister James Reilly, is also a founder and 50% shareholder of D&F Health Partnership.
"Minister Reilly admitted in the Seanad on Wednesday that the Director General of the HSE asked the HSE Internal Audit Unit to undertake a review and established that the procurement of the services of D&F Health Partnership was not in accordance with HSE National Financial Regulations.
"The Hospitals Group of which Mr. Daly is chair commissioned the report by the company in which he still has an interest, as admitted in the Hospitals Group's statement today. This is clearly a conflict of interest and one of which Minister Reilly must have been aware when he appointed Mr. Daly.
"The Minister must come into the Dáil next week and fully explain his role and that of his appointee."